The Levant News — Iraqi Minister of Construction and Housing Tariq al-Khikani estimated Tuesday that Iraq has lost $23 billion since the emergence of the ISIS in 2014. He spoke at the third preparatory meeting for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, held in Indonesia from Monday through Wednesday.
Khikani added that Iraq is suffering now from increasing numbers of refugees, which have reached 3.6 million so far. This is in addition to the destruction of ancient sites in Iraq and social damage resulting from the genocide against the Yazidis and ethnic cleaning in different parts of Iraq, according to the minister.
Al-Khikani requested more support from the international community and global financial organizations to recover from the massive destruction.